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1792 H10C Half Disme, Judd-7, Pollock-7, R.4, VF35 NGC. CAC....

2008 September Long Beach, CA US Coin Signature Auction #1116

 
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Auction Ended On: Sep 18, 2008
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Long Beach Convention Center
100 S. Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802

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Choice VF 1792 Half Disme, Judd-7, Pollock-7
1792 H10C Half Disme, Judd-7, Pollock-7, R.4, VF35 NGC. CAC. Silver. Diagonally reeded edge. 17.5 mm. The famous 1792 half disme is one of the most coveted issues in all of American numismatics, and rightly so. It was (possibly) designed by British engraver Robert Russell Birch, and (probably) struck in the coachhouse cellar of John Harper, a Philadelphia sawmaker. The original issue of 1,500 (or 2,000) pieces was allegedly made using silver bullion contributed by George Washington, perhaps even from his own personal silverware. This story is, alas, unconfirmed.
Such is the history of the 1792 half disme. Many of the facts about these fascinating pieces are simply unknown, but can be reasonably deduced: like the name of their designer. Robert Russell Birch executed other coin designs very similar to that of the half disme, making him the most likely candidate for authorship. Other facts (like the original number produced) are likely to remain uncertain; possibly forever. That will not reduce the ongoing fascination of numismatists with these coins, however. They are simply too interesting to ignore.
The current example is an attractive and well detailed specimen that is sure to elicit a great deal of attention. The toning over both sides is quite dark, but not unattractive. Shades of emerald-green, amber, blue-gray and gold are among the most prominent colors to be featured on the coin's surfaces. There are a few wispy pinscratches and hairlines on each side, but the only noticeable mark is a shallow abrasion that extends from the upper obverse rim, across the right edge of the P in PAR, to a point that is just above the centering dot over Liberty's ear. A small carbon spot is noted directly beneath the Y in INDUSTRY.
An important piece of history, and a highly desirable numismatic rarity.(Registry values: P9) (PCGS# 11020)

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